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karlwilson writes: Google bombs have been around almost as long as Google itself. With enough participation, a group of users could easily raise the ranking of a given page in results from a Google search, often with humorous or political intentions. Originally, Google resisted making any manual changes to their page-rankings, but in January of 2007 Google began altering search results to fix Google bombs. Due to the nature of the algorithm and the resources it takes to repair these manipulations, Google only runs the program occasionally. One such bomb "Miserable Failure," linked to George W. Bush's whitehouse.gov biography, and since the change in administration, had been linking to Barack Obama's biography. That is until the New York Times complained. "It took a mere six and a half long years — but only a couple of days after Mr. Obama was inaugurated — for Google to decide this was all terribly wrong and that they had to 're-run' their 'algorithm'." Is Google making a political statement?